Joe Greeves
March 21, 2011

The next surprise from the convertible Cat was the best yet. Because of job transfers, the couple decided to relocate from their home in Wisconsin to Florida. That's where they got their biggest surprise, when they discovered the Spring Show at the Daytona Speedway. Instead of one or two Cougars in the whole state of Wisconsin, they came upon dozens of Cougars on display as part of the Sunshine State Cougar Club. And now, instead of the brief, three-month Wisconsin summer, the Stone's rejuvenated Cougar convertible is on the road and the show circuit 12 months a year (A/C is next on the upgrade list).

The Stones would like to thank Ken's Cougars, the Paint Doctor, Badger Transmissions, Sommers Racing and Performance, and especially the Sunshine State Cougar Club for making them feel so welcome in their new home state.

The Details
Jeff and Linda Stone's '69 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible

Engine
351ci Windsor V-8 built by The Engine Factory, Lebanon, New Jersey

Transmission
Tremec T-5Z five-speed manual
Ram Powergrip clutch and steel flywheel

Rearend
Ford 9-Inch with 4.11 gears
Powertrax differential

Exhaust
Hedman full-length ceramic-coated headers
MagnaFlow mufflers

Suspension
Front: Global West tubular control arms and springs, KYB gas shocks
Rear: Factory leaf springs, Scott Drake lowering kit, KYB gas shocks, Addco 3/4-inch antisway bar

Brakes
Front: Factory disc, SSBC drilled/slotted rotors
Rear: Factory drum

Wheels
Front: MB Old School Chrome, 17x8
Rear: MB Old School Chrome, 17x8

Tires
Front: Hankook Ventus, P245/45R17
Rear: Hankook Ventus, P245/45R17

Interior
Black Leather XR7 Interior with Sunpro auxiliary gauges

Exterior
Competition Orange paint, factory option package